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Friday, February 27, 2015

Give your views on Beechtrees Revival plans

An exciting scheme to help make Beechtrees, in Digmoor, an even nicer place to live has been unveiled by West Lancashire Borough Council.

The authority is putting forward a £3m revival project and is giving tenants the chance to have their say on how the project should develop.

Information packs on the proposals are being sent to every home in Beechtrees with a questionnaire for people to fill in and details of how people can give their response.

More information is available at Beechtrees. People can go to a drop-in consultation event at Evermoor Enterprises (formerly known as Digmoor Community Centre), Birleywood, Skelmersdale, WN8 9HR between 10am and 7pm on Tuesday 17 March where Council staff will be available to answer questions. People have until 30 April to give their views.

Councillor Jane Houlgrave, portfolio holder for Housing, said: “This proposed scheme would be great news for Beechtrees. We want to revitalise the estate and make it an even nicer place to live, and make our homes places where people will want to settle long term.”

The impressive proposals include fully refurbishing the six detached blocks inside and out, demolishing three blocks of flats and the adjoining homes, and partially refurbishing two more blocks. Letters are being sent to everyone living on Beechtrees telling them exactly how they will be affected.

Even the partially refurbished homes will be brought in line with the quality of the very best Council homes in the Borough. The buildings that are being demolished will make way for 14 new homes to be built on the estate.

There would also be external landscaping, with one of the grassed areas being enclosed within a boundary hedge, and having benches added to it. Other landscaping proposals would help increase the privacy of ground floor flats.

The views of tenants and other stakeholders will be taken into account when the more detailed project plan is created. This will then be shared with residents. This new scheme comes after the success of the Firbeck Revival. This has proved very popular with tenants and residents who have seen their homes and the estate’s environment improved.

Beechtrees was recommended by Council officers as the second Revival area after Firbeck as it had been identified as an area that could benefit from investment. Tenants have already been asked about how they felt about the area. Although most were generally satisfied they wanted improvements to the properties and the appearance of the area.

The Council looked at a number of options and the proposal residents are being consulted on stood out as being by far the best for tenants and local residents.

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